Maruti Suzuki is expected to debut the 2023 version of its Baleno premium hatchback, the Baleno Cross, at the Auto Expo in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan in January. Report. The model is likely to launch after a month; 2022 was the Baleno on February 23 this year.
The company will position the Baleno Cross against premium hatchbacks and compact SUVs like Honda WR-V, Nissan Magnite, Renault Kiger, Citroen C3 and Tata Punch, reports said.
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Meanwhile, as reported by media outlets, here’s a look at some key features of the upcoming model:
(1.) The Baleno Cross may have a 1-litre Boosterjet turbo engine which will comply with BS6 norms. The engine will produce 102bhp and 150Nm of power and peak torque respectively. As for the transmission, it will be mated to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic gearbox.
(2.) The model may have another engine, a petrol aspirated one. This will be either the 1.2-litre dualjet, or the larger 1.5-litre dualjet with mild-hybrid strategy.
(3.) In terms of design, the Cross is said to feature AA split headlamp set-up, a slim LED daytime running lamp, a 3-block ‘Nexa’ signature on the bonnet and an inset mesh design.
(4.) The new model may feature a raised suspension, ‘chunky’ wheel arches, alloy wheels and a roofline that runs from the front to the rear tailgate.
(5.) Expected to be more luxurious than the current model, the Baleno Cross could be priced at approx. ₹8 lakh (ex-showroom).